Nonprofit Effectiveness


Equipping the region’s nonprofits with the management and financial resources to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs.

Joy from Within



At the Community Foundation, we understand nonprofits. After all, we are one. And we understand that smart nonprofits that run effectively make philanthropic investment joyful.

Effective organizations exhibit strengths across five areas: clear mission and purpose; volunteer and staff leadership; decision-making and strategy; strong financial, governance and program development practices and policies; and the ability to advocate for themselves and their clients.

High functioning nonprofits develop, implement and evaluate themselves and their programs via strategic plans, which align resources toward achieving organizational goals and measurable results. These nonprofits also have long-term stability, realized through cash reserves. The Foundation helps to ensure that Atlanta’s nonprofits have the tools, financial resources and know-how to successfully achieve operational and programmatic goals that accomplish their missions.

We’ll measure progress by tracking the percentage of nonprofits:

  • That have strategic plans with metrics to measure results
  • With at least three months’ cash reserve
  • Decreasing energy expenses
0
thousand
nonprofit organizations in metro Atlanta
0% of
nonprofits
ended 2014 with less than three months of cash
$0
million+
granted in 2014/15 to help nonprofits succeed

Current Grant Opportunities


All too often, nonprofits make sacrifices in order to accommodate more pressing, mission-driven needs. That’s why Extra Wish matches the “wishes” of nonprofit organizations with donors interested in making a contribution. This unique giving opportunity provides monetary and in-kind contributions of tangible goods or infrastructure (not services or staff) that contribute in a clear way to the success of organizations and the people they serve. Practical makes perfect
A General Operating Support (GOS) grant provides a nonprofit with unrestricted funding to help support and maintain the organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives grantees the ability to use the funds where they’re most appropriate. Several of the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs are focused on providing general operating support—including Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta AIDS Fund and the Common Good FundThink generally
Grants to Green transforms the Atlanta area nonprofit sector by encouraging nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy- and water-efficient. In order to stimulate broad change across the region, Grants to Green works with nonprofits serving diverse community needs and different populations, not just those nonprofits with environmentally-related missions. Go greener
In 1984, the Community Foundation launched its Managing for Excellence Award competition. This prestigious annual award is presented to a local organization that exhibits outstanding nonprofit management — including board and staff engagement, sound fiscal health, mission driven operations and, of course, commitment to excellence. In addition to the award package itself, winners receive exposure as a nonprofit leader and create connections with potential donors. Apply Now
The Community Foundation promises to invest in the region’s nonprofits with management and financial resources that equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs. These non-cash consulting awards help nonprofits to function better, smarter and more efficiently. Get the Tools You Need
The Foundation’s Strategic Restructuring Fund provides funds as well as management consulting services to support nonprofits as they assess, negotiate, design and/or implement substantive strategic restructuring efforts—all to promote more effective operations and high-performing programs based on community needs and assets. Celebrate Change

To Learn More About Nonprofit
Effectiveness,Please Contact:


Lita Pardi
Senior Program Officer
404.526.1131
lpardi@cfgreateratlanta.org

Hannah O’Neil
Administrative Assistant
404.588.3210
honeil@cfgreateratlanta.org